Ex-BBC Chief George Entwistle’s Hefty Severance Deal Stirs Controversy

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It may not be all bad news for former BBC director general George Entwistle. The executive, who resigned on Saturday amid ongoing turmoil at the broadcaster, will reportedly receive a lump sum equivalent to his annual £450,000 ($714,000) salary on top of a pension pot worth £877,000 ($1.39M). The payoff comes after Entwistle spent just 54 days in the top job and at the end of 23 years with the BBC. The money was described by the BBC Trust as a reflection of his continuing involvement with various internal inquiries currently underway. Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman said the payoff was “hard to justify,” according to The Guardian, but that it was for the BBC Trust to decide. But Conservative MP John Whittingdale, (more…)

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